In April this year, Xiaomi announced the Mi 6X in China, successor to the Mi 5X from last year. While the Mi 5X was launched in China and a few other markets outside China as the Android One Mi A1, the global variant of the Mi 6X is expected to debut in India as the Mi A2. Even though Xiaomi is yet to confirm any specific release date, it is being speculated that the smartphone could be made official soon. However, a Spanish tech duo that runs a YouTube channel named PimpiTronic managed to get their hands on the unannounced Xiaomi smartphone and posted a video discussing some of the key features of the smartphone. The video has now been deleted but thankfully a screenshot from the video is still available.
Mi A2: Hands-On Images Reveals Mi 6X-Like Design, Stock Android UI
The hands-on images confirm that the Mi A2 will indeed be based on the Mi 6X. As you can see above, the Mi A2 front panel is identical to the Mi 6X. Even the positioning of the front-facing camera, ear speaker, and other sensors is identical. They also confirm that the Mi A2 will be an Android One smartphone like its predecessor and ship with stock Android Oreo operating system out of the box. Unfortunately, no screenshot showing the rear side of the handset are available currently. However, going by the front panel, we can expect the Mi A2 rear panel to be identical to the Mi 6X’s.
Apart from confirming the design highlights of the Mi A2, the hands-on video had also revealed some key specifications of the smartphone. Just like the Mi 6X, the Mi A2 will be powered by Qualcomm’s octa-core Snapdragon 660 chipset under the hood. At the back of the handset is a dual-camera setup with a 12MP Sony IMX486 primary sensor and a 20MP Sony IMX376 secondary sensor.
Mi A2: Expected Price in India
The Xiaomi Mi A2 is expected to be priced at Rs.14,999 in India for the 4GB RAM + 64GB storage variant. If Xiaomi brings the 6GB RAM + 64GB storage variant to the Indian market, we expect it to be priced at Rs.17,999.
Mi A2: Other Rumored Specifications
Since the Mi A2 will be based on the Mi 6X, we expect the two smartphones to be more or less identical in terms of key specifications. As such, we expect the Mi A2 to feature a 5.99-inch IPS display with 1080 x 2160 Full HD+ resolution and 2.5D curved glass layer on top. As we mentioned above already, the Mi A2 will be equipped with a 12MP + 20MP AI dual-camera setup on the back with 4K video recording at 30fps. For selfies and video calls, the Mi A2 will feature a 20MP Sony IMX376 sensor on the front with 2.0um pixel size, a soft LED flash, and AI Portrait Mode.
Moving on to connectivity, the Mi A2 is expected to support almost all the latest standards such as Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac dual-band, Bluetooth 5.0 Low Energy, GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, USB Type-C, and 4G VoLTE. Keeping the lights on will be a 3010mAh capacity non-removable battery with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 support for fast charging. Similar to its predecessor, the Mi A2 will be equipped with a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. In addition to the fingerprint sensor, users will also be able to unlock the smartphone using the Face Unlock feature. However, some Xiaomi fans might be a little disappointed with the omission of a 3.5mm headphone jack. While we cannot be completely sure, it is highly likely that the Mi A2 will offer USB Type-C audio, just like the Mi 6X. In terms of software, we expect the Mi A2 to ship with stock Android 8.1 Oreo operating system out of the box.